Whoops; sorry, all! Evidently it was a mistake to go near my laptop before my morning coffee :).
Please ignore me; I'll be dunking my head in a barrel of water to wake up. On 18 May 2013 15:48, Oliver Keyes <oke...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > Howie > > The person doing the email screener was meant to be me. When did this > change? > > > On 18 May 2013 06:58, Howie Fung <hf...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > >> * >> >> Hey all, >> >> For the last 18 months, the Engineering & Product Development department >> has been experimenting with the role of “Community Liaison, Product >> Development” - a staff member embedded in the Product team and tasked with >> factoring community concerns into our software development process, >> keeping >> editors informed about what we’re doing, and maintaining a dialogue >> between >> those who write code and those who write articles. >> >> While there is always room for improvement, I think this role has shown a >> lot of promise. We have a number of large projects coming down the >> pipeline (e.g., visual editor, discussion systems) and we need more help >> reaching out to our contributor communities, especially our non-English >> speaking projects, as our outreach there has traditionally been >> challenged. >> We’d like to recruit a small number of English-speaking or multilingual >> editors to do the Community Liaison job with different development teams >> and focuses. >> >> In particular we’re looking for people with a strong history of >> contributions to our projects who can provide sound and reasoned judgment >> and are trusted to do so by their community. Speaking other languages in >> addition to English is a major plus, as one of the objectives here is to >> ensure we can properly interact with and support non-English projects. >> I’ve included the full job description below. >> >> Our immediate need is for help with the Visual Editor. We’d like to hire >> a >> few community liaisons to help inform different Wikipedia language >> communities of the upcoming launch, create spaces for feedback and >> discussion, synthesize feedback for the Visual Editor team, and other >> activities required to support the Visual Editor launch later this year. >> >> If this is a role that would interest you, please e-mail Philippe >> Beaudette >> at pbeaude...@wikimedia.org< >> https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=pbeaude...@wikimedia.org >> >. >> And if you know someone else who might fit the role, let them know about >> it :-). We’re provisionally interested in hiring 2-3 liaisons, at an >> hourly >> rate commensurate with experience. This can be a part-time role, but >> we’ll >> need at least 15 hours/week for the length of the engagement (minimum 3 >> months). Please do apply if you think it’s a role that suits you, and if >> you find places we haven’t notified, spread the word! >> >> Thanks. >> >> >> Howie >> * >> _________________________ >> Howie Fung >> Director of Product Development >> Wikimedia Foundation >> >> >> * >> >> Community Liaison Job Description >> >> Background Information and Statement of Purpose >> >> The Wikimedia Foundation’s Engineering & Product Development Department is >> looking at ways to more effectively incorporate broad community >> perspectives in decisions and hold dialogues with our editors about the >> scope, pace and features of upcoming changes to Wikimedia projects. As >> part >> of this, it is hiring additional Community Liaisons from our volunteer >> community. >> >> Scope of Work >> >> Support and improve our ongoing software development projects, in >> particular: >> >> - >> >> Building up a network of volunteers from both English language and >> non-English language wikis, increasing the number of projects we can >> interact with; >> - >> >> Engaging the community in the software development process, by acting >> as >> a conduit for community questions, bugs and and feature requests, >> talking >> to editors about our work and how they can participate in it >> effectively, >> and recruiting them for workgroups and studies; >> - >> >> Being available from time to time to provide expertise and knowledge >> about our projects, including but not limited to training >> externally-sourced staff in the way our projects work, answering their >> questions, and providing expert advice on an ad-hoc basis; >> - >> >> Ensuring that our community is represented in the decision-making >> process and that our planned software adequately reflects user needs; >> - >> >> Monitoring Wikimedia projects, with the assistance of a network of >> volunteers, for emerging issues that have an impact on Engineering >> programmes; and >> - >> >> Other duties as needed. >> >> >> Requirements >> >> Effective Community Liaisons will be: >> >> - >> >> Experienced users of Wikimedia projects, capable of representing our >> community within the Foundation and vice-versa. >> - >> >> Strong communicators (both verbally and with the written word), able to >> explain our products to different groups of users with different >> levels of >> technical understanding. >> - >> >> Able to focus on the larger picture, understanding which concerns and >> views are widespread and which are marginal or individual. >> - >> >> Approachable, as both users and product developers must be able to >> trust >> these people for the relationship to function. >> - >> >> Self-motivated - they will be given important projects and expected to >> execute with little to no supervision. >> - >> >> Strongly empathetic - they excel at understanding the perspectives of >> others and bridging the gap between different approaches to the world. >> - >> >> Willing and able to remain resilient in the face of frustration from >> our >> users, in order to get the job done. >> >> >> Pluses >> >> Other positive attributes or areas of knowledge include: >> >> - >> >> Diverse language skills. While the Wikimedia Foundation communicates >> internally in English, we aim to be able to talk to our different >> communities natively. >> - >> >> Experience with the software development process. You will be thrown >> into teams that are actively working on new features; having a >> background >> that reduces the slope of your learning curve is a plus. >> - Familiarity with multiple Wikimedia projects is a major plus; we are >> about more than just Wikipedia. >> >> * >> _______________________________________________ >> Wikimedia-l mailing list >> Wikimediaemail@example.com >> Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l >> > > > > -- > Oliver Keyes > Community Liaison, Product Development > Wikimedia Foundation > -- Oliver Keyes Community Liaison, Product Development Wikimedia Foundation _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l